Gary Lightbody Interview
With a Glasgow date at the end of the month, a best of compilation in the shops and a string of dates behind them supporting U2, it’s no wonder Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody now requires a stunt double. Here he talks tape, sausages and broken cameras
First record you ever bought
Michael Jackson – Thriller. On tape.
Last time you were chatted up
Ha. Doesn’t happen very often. Honestly don’t know. Actually, have I been?
First movie you ever went on a date to
Last time you cried
Probably at the short animated film version of Oliver Jeffers’ book Lost and Found. I urge everybody to see it, young or old. It’s spectacular.
First thing you do when you’ve got time off work
Go home and see my wee niece.
First thing you’d do if you ran the country
Everybody take the day off to regroup. National free spa day. We’re all stressed for a lot of reasons right now and a spa won’t solve any of it, but for a few hours, wouldn’t it be nice?
Last extravagant purchase you made
I purchased a stunt double. For all the stunts I do.
Karen Frazer in P2 at Rathmore primary school in Bangor, County Down. I shared my sam spuds with her and she asked me if I loved her. I said ‘I’ll tell you after PE’. After much thought and exercise I said I did.
Last book you read
The Invention of Everything Else by Samantha Hunt. Incredible it was too.
First great piece of advice you were given
Last time someone criticised your work
Ha. You’re kidding right? Every day if you hunt for it. About five years ago I gave up worrying about what’s said about us.
Last great meal you cooked
You’d have to ask the person who I cooked it for, but I do OK in the kitchen. I make a pretty good stab at most things with varying results.
Last time you were star struck
We’ve done 20 dates of the U2 360° tour this summer and I still get star struck around U2. Not sure I’ll ever not think it’s mad to be talking to Bono as I grew up on U2.
Last time you exploited your position to get something
Asked Bella Union for J Tillman’s new record Year in the Kingdom and they sent me it, bless ‘em. Fine as hell it is an’ all.
First three words your friends would use to describe you
Insufferable drunken ass.
Last meal on earth – what would it be?
Bangers and mash.
First concert you ever attended
Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Rollins Band, 1991, Ulster Hall, Belfast. Ears rang for three days. It was awesome.
First song you’ll sing at karaoke
‘Living on a Prayer’ by the great Jovi.
First time you realised you were famous
When the day comes I’ll let you know.
Last time you made an impulse buy and regretted it
Some years back I bought a camera in Portland and that night, having taken approximately zero pictures, I jumped in the hotel pool fully clothed with it in my pocket. Idiot you say? Yup.
First thing you think of when you wake up in the morning
I should know better by now.
Last thing you think of before you go to sleep
Every single thing ever, ever, ever, ever. Resulting in no sleep at all.
Snow Patrol play Glasgow’s Clyde Auditorium on Mon 30 Nov.